Benjamin Stoddert Ewell (1810-1894)
Benjamin Stoddert Ewell (1810-1894) was a graduate of the United States Military Academy, a soldier, civil engineer, and educator; professor of mathematics and military science; colonel of the college company in the 32nd Virginia Infantry.
Benjamin S. Ewell served as interim president of the College of William and Mary from July 1848 until his resignation on October 5th, 1848. Ewell served as the interim president after Robert Saunders, Jr. and before Bishop John Johns. While the Board of Visitors elected Ewell to the presidency earlier in 1848, Ewell declined their offer, but agreed to stay on until the board found another candidate. When the board failed to do that in a timely manner, Ewell resigned, forcing them to find another president. Ewell served as president beginning in 1854 until the closure of William and Mary on May 10, 1861 due to the Civil War. Ewell managed to reopen the college on October 1, 1869, with mostly his own funds, and remained president until William and Mary's closure due to lack of attendance in July 1881. In 1888, the college was reopened with state funds, and Ewell was president until his resignation on May 11, 1888. Ewell is buried on the university's campus in the College Cemetery.
|Preceded by||College of William and Mary President||Succeeded by|
July 1, 1849 - 1854
|Benjamin S. Ewell
1854 - May 11, 1888
|Lyon G. Tyler
August 23, 1888 - June 30, 1919
Material in the Special Collections Research Center
- Benjamin Stoddert Ewell in SCRC Database
- Holly, L. Neal and Martin, Jeremy P. Leadership in Crisis: A Historical Analysis of Two College Presidencies in Reconstruction Virginia. February 14, 2012. From Penn State University Higher Education in Review, Volume 9, 37-64.  (accessed November 10, 2016).
- Benjamin Stoddert Ewell: A Biography by Anne West Chapman, The College of William and Mary, ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 1984. 8429747 (accessed December 13, 2018).
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